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Dec 03, 2010 at 11:09pm IST

Afghans on top in Intercontinental Cup

Dubai: Neil McCallum hit an unbeaten 104 to save Scotland on the first day of the Intercontinental Cup final against Afghanistan on Thursday after they had slumped to 97 for 8.

McCallum and Simon Smith added 107 for the ninth wicket before the Scots were bowled out for 212 with Afghanistan paceman Hamid Hassan playing a starring role with 5 for 45.

Mirwais Ashraf claimed three wickets, while Shapoor Zadran chipped in with a brace.

Afghans on top in Intercontinental Cup final

Neil McCallum (104) and Simon Smith added 107 for the ninth wicket before Scotland were bowled out for 212.

"Credit should go to Neil McCallum for his innings. He worked hard and in the end was scoring five or six off an over which worked well for him and his side in the long run today," Hassan told a website.

"We could have got him out a couple of times but we didn't hold onto important catches and as the saying goes, catches win matches.

"I bowled a lot of overs today and my feet are really hurting but I hope that by the time the second innings comes around, I'll be good to bowl again and help bring us victory."

Afghanistan were 18-1 at stumps after Matthew Parker removed Shabir Noori for 11.

"The Afghan bowlers did well today and credit has to go to Hamid Hassan and also Shapoor Zadran for their strong bowling. A couple of the batsmen got themselves out by playing poor shots but the Afghan bowlers did well today," said McCallum.

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